Voting is an important civic duty. Whether you are new to Delaware, or just new to voting, here is what you need to know about registering to vote, finding your polling place, voting absentee, finding your local elected officials, reporting election complaints and more.
Many Delawareans register to vote at the DMV when they are getting their license, but you can always register online, by mail, or in person. Just take note of upcoming deadlines so you can register in time before the next election. Make sure you exercise your right to vote!
On May 7, 2020, Governor Carney issued his 15th modification to COVID-19 State of Emergency during the public health crisis of the coronavirus pandemic relating to election dates.
"Effective immediately, the Delaware presidential primary election, originally scheduled to be conducted on April 28, 2020 pursuant to 15 Del. C. § 3181 and rescheduled to June 2, 2020 pursuant to the Sixth Modification of the COVID-19 State of Emergency declaration, is hereby further rescheduled to July 7, 2020." - Governor's 15th Modification to the COVID-19 State of Emergency (A. Elections 1)
Delaware Presidential Primary Election: July 7, 2020
Voter Registration Deadline: Saturday, June 13, 2020
Deadline to request an Absentee Ballot: Friday, July 3, 2020
Deadline to pick up an Absentee Ballot at your local elections office: July 6, 2020, Noon
Deadline to return completed Absentee Ballot: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:00PM
Delaware State Primary Election (State Election): Sep 15, 2020
Voter Registration Deadline: Saturday, August 22, 2020
Deadline to request an Absentee Ballot: Monday, Sep 14, 2020 Noon
Deadline to return completed Absentee Ballot: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 8:00PM
Delaware General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Voter Registration Deadline: Saturday, October 3, 2020
Deadline to request an Absentee Ballot: Monday, Nov 2, 2020 Noon
Deadline to return completed Absentee Ballot: Tuesday, Nov 3, 2020 8:00PM
Other deadlines for candidates, voters and event dates can be found on the Election Calendar.
On July 1, 2020, Governor John Carney signed into law House Bill 346, that allows Delawareans to vote by mail in the 2020 primary, general and special elections. House Bill 346 makes voting by mail an alternative to in-person voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and establishes procedures for voting by mail which mirror the procedures for absentee voting. Voting by mail does not replace in-person voting, which will be available for those not voting by absentee or mail ballot.
“My position on this issue has been simple and consistent. We should make it easier – not harder – for all Delawareans to exercise their fundamental right to vote and participate in our democratic process,” said Governor Carney. “That’s especially important this year as our state and country continue to grapple with the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. This legislation will make sure that Delawareans can fairly and securely cast their ballots and have their voices heard.” - Governor Carney Signs Vote By Mail Legislation
On May 7, 2020, Governor Carney issued his 15th modification to COVID-19 State of Emergency during the public health crisis of the coronavirus pandemic.
Governor Carney directs the Department of Elections to mail absentee ballot applications to all registered voters in the Democratic and Republican parties.
"The Department of Elections shall mail absentee ballot applications to all registered Democrats and Republicans in the State of Delaware, in order to provide all such registered voters the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot in the presidential primary election..." - Governor's 15th Modification to the COVID-19 State of Emergency (A. Elections 1)
The 15th modification also documents how to apply for an absentee ballot.
"... the ability to select the “sick or physically disabled” reason if a voter is asymptomatic of COVID-19 infection and otherwise abiding by CDC and DPH guidelines by exercising self-quarantine or social distancing to avoid potential exposure to (and community spread of) COVID-19, and who herself or himself freely chooses to use such qualification to vote by absentee ballot." - Governor's 15th Modification to the COVID-19 State of Emergency (A. Elections 1)
The Department of Elections offers various ways to apply for an absentee ballot: mail, email, fax, or online.
Governor Carney directed the Department of Elections to mail absentee ballot applications to all registered voters in the Democratic and Republican parties.Online:
Mail, fax, or email:
Either using the paper application or downloading the form Request for an Absentee Ballot for Primary, General and/or Special Elections
There are three ways to find your polling place
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for general, special, and primary elections.
You are not required to show identification to vote. Poll workers will ask you to present an ID to speed up the check-in process. If you do not show ID, you must fill out a form before you can vote.
Examples of acceptable IDs:
Delaware voting code prohibits campaigning within 50 feet of any polling place entrance that voters use. This includes supporting or opposing a candidate, a political party, or any political issue in any way (i.e. wearing apparel, hats, buttons, etc. chanting, holding signs).
Since May 14, 2019, Delaware has voted on the ExpressVote XL. Watch a demonstration of the ExpressVote XL voting machine in this video.
A provisional ballot may be used when a voter is attempting to vote in the Election District in which the voter is registered, but the voter's name does not appear on the poll list. Provisional Ballots are only used in elections for Federal offices, such as President, Vice President, Senate, and Representative in Congress. Provisional Ballots cannot be used for offices in local elections.
To qualify for use of a Provisional Ballot, the voter must be attempting to vote in the Election District in which they are registered to vote and be eligible to vote in Federal Elections.
Delaware is committed to providing its citizens with:
Read the Voting in Delaware Guide for Citizens with Disabilities.
Use this tool to find your State Representative or State Senator.
If you encountered an issue regarding any topic covered by Title III of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 you may issue a formal complaint.
The complaint must be submitted to the Office of State Election Commissioner or your county Department of Election. The complaint must be:
You will be notified when your complaint is received. The State Election Commissioner will assign someone to investigate the issue. Any violations found will be reported to the State Election Commissioner along with a recommended course of action to correct the violation. If no violations are discovered, the complaint will be dismissed.
For more information on filing a complaint, visit Delaware's Elections website.
Results and Statistics for the most recent election can be found on the Elections website.
For more information about voting in Delaware visit the Department of Elections website.
To register to vote in Delaware, you can register:
In Person (various locations):
The following locations offered voter registration services before COVID-19. Many of these locations still offer these services however they are appointment only. Please call ahead to confirm availability and to schedule an appointment.
You can register to vote:
You can update your voter registration through the Voter Portal.
You can update your voter record:
You can change your political party affiliation:
Submit this online request.
Submit this online request.